Today in culinary history: cake cubes

It was Beaster’s third birthday today (witness: my mad dekeratin’ skills at far left).

Problem? The cake box makes 24 frickin’ cupcakes, and excluding the three or four Pinky will armwrestle me for, I’ll eat them all.

Solution? Put half the batter in a loaf pan, bake it and freeze it for later. Yay!

Proooblem: I put that half in a silicone baking thing which is supposed to levitate the batter within the form, or at least release the cake near-instantly by virtue of its magical lube-yness, which is LIES ALL LIES. The cake baked beautifully and cracked in half when I tried to wrest it from its rubbery bakesheath.

Why is this a three-o problem? Because the plan, the plan, see, was that I was going to only put frosting on a dozen cupcakes, leaving half a can for — listen, I respect you too much to lie — for me to eat with a spoon over the next three or four days. But when that leftover cake became a pile of dusty crumbs, I knew I was going to have to man up and make cake balls.

Cake balls are basically cake crumbs mixed with frosting and shaped into balls (recipe here). Of course, I didn’t take the four seconds to look up the recipe, so my ratios were all off, and I had way more frosting than cake — it was a white cake, believe it or not — and I ended up with a goopy, gloppy cake-frosting melange that had the molding capacity of, say, toothpaste.

Which is how I came to invent cake cubes. We had two Tovolo ice cube trays left over from freezing homemade baby food; I slopped that cocoa slurry into the tray and popped it into the freezer. Et voilà: frozen nuggets of frosty frosting.

What do they taste like? Like cake mixed with frosting, only cold. I’m an innovator, not a magician, dammit.


  1. Thank you for my pre-bedtime laugh! I personally see nothing wrong with a frozen cake frost pop. Wait ’til they start baking themselves and you are ‘forced’ to eat cakepops, chocolate cupcakes filled with cherry jam and topped with peanut butter buttercream, vanilla cupcakes with cream cheese icing and, most recently Saskatoon Berry pie. (I have a 15-year-old with baking talent…) My neighbour thinks of all the teenagers she could have ended up living next to she’s died and gone to heaven – particularly with the peanut butter/chocolate combo.

  2. That is awesome. Great laugh to wake up to. Thanks Jeni :-)

    • You’re welcome! I have to say, though not exactly “breakfast of champions” territory, these are pretty delicious to wake up to, too.

  3. Those “silicone baking things” aren’t all they’re cracked up to be, are they…

  4. thethingaboutjoan says:

    I’m digging in the pantry to find a cake mix … stat!

  5. Loved this. Is there a support group specifically for us frosting-from-a-can eaters? I think there is a niche need for that.

    • Thanks! But really, I don’t need support. I just need more frosting. If you can support me in getting more frosting, you’re in.

  6. I am *almost* ashamed to say how much of the frosting (out of 3 separate cans) was consumed NOT on any kind of cake……almost….

    • You’re in good company. We have a special couch right over there — *points* — for when you eventually do pass out. Which you will. It’s okay. We’ve all been there.

  7. balancinggal says:

    Hmmm I hear ya. I actually turned a giant cupcake over and started eating the cake from the middle so you couldn’t tell from the outside.. Coz that’s foolin anyone.

  8. Oh boy! At least you tried… :-)
    “Happy Belated 3rd Birthday to you Beaster! :-)
    ¸¸.•*¨*•░H░A░P░P░Y░(¯`’•.¸ *♥♥♥* ¸.•’´¯) ░B░I░R░ T░H░D░A░Y░ (¯`’•.¸*♥♥♥*¸.•’´¯) Hope you enjoyed YOUR special day!
    ║╚╦═╦═╦═╦╦╗ ║╚╦═╦═╦═╦╦╗ ║╚╦╦═╣╚╣╚╦╝╠═╦╦╗
    ║║║╬║╬║╬║║║ ║║║╬║╬║╬║║║ ║╬║║╔╣╔╣║║╬║╬║║║
    ╚╩╩╩╣╔╣╔╩╗║ ╚╩╩╩╣╔╣╔╩╗║ ╚═╩╩╝╚═╩╩╩═╩╩╩╗║
    ¸.•*¨*•.♪♫♫♪Happy Birthday .♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ♥Happy Birthday to youuuuu ♪♫•*¨*•.¸.•*¨*•♫


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